Installing the Cooler Master GeminII S524 VER.2
Before we inspect each member of our new CPU cooler collection, let’s establish that our tests consist of methods we have determined to be the best for our one singular purpose. Our methodology isn’t written in stone, and could very likely be changed or modified as we receive justification (and feedback from the community). Our scope is limited to stand-alone products only, meaning those products which can be installed and operated without additional critical components needed or kit construction. This is the reason for this first test, in which the mounting system for each cooler is tested. Since this is not an apple to apples comparison, but rather a subjective description of each of the kits available without any form of quantitative data, it does not affect the numerical scores we give to each product. The purpose of this test is to inform our readers on how the mounting system of each processor cooler can affect the buying experience.
As usual, we will mount the cooler in one of our Intel test platforms. This time, we will be using an XFX MB-N780-ISH9 LGA 775 motherboard to test the mounting system included with the Cooler Master GeminII S524 Ver.2, which Scythe lists as one of the supported sockets.
To begin installing the Cooler Master GeminII S524 Ver. 2, finding the appropriate brackets is needed. This would be an easy task, if they were labeled, but Cooler Master included a total of four different types of brackets which are all unlabeled. To install them you have to use a small Phillips screwdriver along with the four included small screws which can be easily lost, and I would have preferred if Cooler Master included an extra one.
It seems Cooler Master has been using the same back plate for all of it’s heatsinks for quite some time now, but I don’t blame them. Having one standard backplate for all sockets is an easy way to save money, but I would prefer the use of screws rather than having to use a bolt and nut method to keep the heatsink in place. This could potentially make the installation easier, and reduce the number of easy-to-lose pieces needed to install the cooler.
Overall I think Cooler Master took a step backwards from what essentially was already a very good mounting system. So many screws, bolts, nuts, and brackets can essentially confuse users who have never installed a CPU cooler before. There is also a tendency for small loose parts to get lost, which is not the case with the mounting system found in other Cooler Master products such as the Hyper 212 evo. Simple things like including extra screws and labeling each bracket can really make the difference without overly increasing the cost of production.